The team sports a Swedish ex-pro player as a coach and analyst, as well as a number of ex-members from Team Immersion, so there is definitely a case for domination then…
Hello. Introduce yourself to the readers. Go on.
Hi, my name is Richard ‘ohsoezee’ Morrow, founder and CEO of Dominus eSports.
How long have you been together?
Dominus eSports as an organisation has only been around for 1-2 months but the players have all played together, some of whom for Team Immersion last year.
What is your platform (or platforms) of choice?
PC master race.
What games does the clan enjoy?
League of Legends.
How was the clan’s name chosen?
We wanted something cool but not cliché like Angels of Death or Gods of War (apologies if your team is named that). My brother suggested the name Dominus to me and it immediately stuck. I later found out that it was Latin for ‘Master’ and that made it seem even better!
Who are the leaders of the clan and what is the clan’s organisational structure like?
I am the founder and owner of the organisation and we have the captain and vice-captain of our League of Legends team.
How many members do you have? Keen to give out their names, credit card details and ID numbers?
Alright, only names will do.
We have 7 members:
- Kyle ‘Cheezzey’ Venter (Support & Captain)
- Connor ‘Kiddo’ Cryans (ADC)
- Jason ‘Roaty’ Cryans (Top)
- Maalik ‘YoloPete’ Rawoot (Jungle)
- Simon ‘Slayer’ West (Mid)
- Matt ‘feno’ Smith (Sub)
- Jesper ‘Kungen’ Rundberg (Coach & Analyst)
How often do you play together as a clan?
Casually, the guys are playing everyday but as we approach the start of the DGL season we will try get more serious practice underway atleast 3-4 times a week.
Do you consider yourselves a competitive clan, or one in it more for “the shits and giggles”?
Competitive. We want to be #1 at this year’s DGC.
Has the clan participated in many tournaments? Which? Won any?
When the guys were playing under Team Immersion last year they came second at DGC 2014.
Is attending LANs important to the clan and its members?
Are you guys actively recruiting for new players? If so, how should a potential member contact you and how do you decide on who is right to join you?
We are looking to expand to other mainstream titles such as DOTA 2 and CS:GO. The ideal candidate (individual or team) should have premier division experience and ideally have played for a top-3 team.
What are you hoping to achieve in the future as a clan?
We want to be a top-tier organisation, and this means giving Bravado Gaming and Energy eSports a run for their money.
Which opposing clan(s) do you most respect?
The guys have had a long-standing rivalry with Energy eSports and they’ve always been the toughest opposition when it comes to LoL so it would have to be them.
In regards to professional – or competitive gaming (or even gaming in general) – what do you as a clan think needs to be done to raise the profile of South African gaming?
I could talk about this for days but will try keep it short and sweet.
The competitive gaming scene in South Africa is both a blessing and a curse: it’s great that we are able to forge a close-knit community of gamers and develop our own talent but at the same time it’s very difficult to gain international recognition. Unless you are a team that is good enough to qualify for overseas competitions and cover all the relevant expenses, you’re pretty much stuck where you are.
What we have done and what I believe needs to be done by other local clans looking to improve, is recruit foreign coaches and staff. Just because you can’t go overseas to experience foreign styles of play or improve your skills, doesn’t mean that you can’t bring it here. Hire a coach/analyst and have them get your team(s) moving in the right direction.
Another thing that I see South African team’s doing wrong, and, if done right, can elevate the profile of local gaming, is branding. So many teams (especially the top-tier ones) just don’t know how to brand themselves. They have terrible looking websites, 1 Facebook post every month and maybe 1 or two videos on their YouTube channel. I haven’t seen a local team that can field great players AND maintain a professional brand image – it’s usually only the former.
Some fun stuff:
If you weren’t a gaming clan you’d be…
War movie that best describes the clan?
If you guys had a music soundtrack for going to war, what would it be?
The Final Countdown
Thanks for your time – is there anything you would like to add before you head off?
A special thanks to everyone who has been receptive towards us and who have welcomed us into the community. It’s difficult as a new organisation to get peoples’ recognition and so we appreciate everything you guys have done for us.
If you are keen to feature in this column in the future (as a gamer, clan or industry person or company), please feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll think about – after you’ve sent us a sample of your braaaaaaiiiiinnnnsss.